Yes indeedy .. Sunday session at the Sandstone pub. The front bar hasn't changed much! Lovely pressed tin ceiling.Then turning east to Sandstone. Some more memories for @RooFlyer.
I was doing some work around the Mt Magnet area around 1978-1982. The gold price had collapsed, the Hill 50 mine was on care and maintenance and Mt Magnet was pretty much a ghost town.As for Mt Magnet, thanks for the pics! Home sweet home for 3 years, straight out of uni! I left in 1985 and haven't been back . Hope you won't mind some reminiscing.
My view of town from The Mount:
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Hard to tell, but I think the white open pit area in your pic:
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... is the mine I used to work on, but in those days it was an underground operation, with a shaft and headframe. The heathens have dug it all up . Every morning, I got dropped a couple of hundred metres straight down the hatch in the 'cage'! Was nice and cool though, in summer.
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... except when you went down the little alternative egress shaft, where you just stood on a bucket and hung on (for dear life) to the winder rope
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I played miner (only once ... incredibly loud & hard work). A pneumatic 'air leg' hole borer. Drill a pattern of 1.5m long holes, fill with explosive, detonate, clear out, repeat.
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The good stuff (photo is faded, sorry). This was exceptional and there's not that much gold in weight there:
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And the roads back then were no better than they are now. Note that because I'm not changing the tyre, I wasn't driving!
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Should just stick to the skinny 19" run flat performance tyres of a BMW then. They seem to do better on those unsealed roadsThe Everest is mine. It is the 2L Bi-Turbo and it certainly has plenty of poke. 157Kw; 500Nm.
I had it in recently for its 15K km service and the loaner was a Ranger with the 3.2L 6-speed. Bloody coarse compared with the bi-turbo.
i bought it in April and I ditched the highway tyres before delivery for ‘crossover’ tyres - Michelin LTX. I didn’t want noisy full off-roaders, but wanted something better than highway tyres.
Ad-Blue is no great imposition. I topped it right up before the trip and the range is huge.
I did outline my reasons for choosing it in the ‘What car do you drive’ thread back in about early April. I wanted a diesel 4WD that was as near to a sedan as possible driving on long stretches on sealed country roads, but could hack it off-road, had a full-size spare (now two full-size spares ). Toss-up with a Prado, but the Everest pipped it.